Up in arms over dumpsite

The dumpsite in Kampung Tuah Jaya, Taman Perling, Johor Baru.

The dumpsite in Kampung Tuah Jaya, Taman Perling, Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Residents of Kampung Tuah Jaya in Taman Perling near here want the authorities to take stern action against those behind illegal dumping.

Following complaints, a check by The Star found a dead end in the village turned into a dumping ground, comprising mainly construction waste.

“The problem has been going on for the past 10 years but no action was taken against the culprits despite complaints to the relevant authorities,’’ said Nurazlinah Nasiman.

The housewife, 31, said it was common to see lorries carrying construction waste using Jalan Panglin and Jalan Layang to get to the dumping site.

“Now they are using Jalan Tikus, via Jalan Nusa Duta, to the site,’’ she said.

Mohd Paizal Mohd Yani said this illegal activity was rampant despite a signboard put up at the site warning against illegal dumping of waste.

“Even the signboard has gone missing now.”

He said the villagers set up an action committee to monitor and act on the dumping activities but it was now inactive due to differences in opinion.

“What worries us most is that the site has now also become a mosquito breeding ground.

“So far this year, 10 dengue cases were recorded in our village,’’ said Mohd Paizal.

Salim Kompol, 65, said the villagers were not getting anywhere with the authorities following complaints on the matter over the past decade.

“We are being given the run-around,” he added.

He claimed that when they went to the Department of Environment to report the matter, they were asked to go to Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corp (SWCorp) to complain.

“At SWCorp, we were asked to lodge a report with the then Johor Baru Central Municipal Council (MPJBT), now called Iskandar Puteri City Council,’’ said Salim.

He said MPJBT directed them to the Johor Baru District Office to ask them to put up a fence at the site to stop the dumping activities.

Johor SWCorp director Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin said they will send enforcement officers to the site to investigate before taking any action.

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